Angola, a west-coast country of south-central Africa has now approved gay intimacy. The discrimination based on sexual orientation has been banned forcing many to reckon with gay, lesbians, and bisexuals within the community.
The legalization of gay sex took place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, as Angola’s parliament adopted the new first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975.
This has been confirmed to be one of the reforms under the administration of President Joao Lourenco, a former defense minister who took office in 2017 after the long rule of Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
While there have been no known prosecutions under the law, provisions like this one curtail the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, subjecting their intimate lives to unwarranted scrutiny.
Last year Angola gave legal status to Iris Angola, which was established in 2013 – a move that can now be seen as a forerunner for this latest step toward equality. The group called the decision an “historic moment” allowing the organization to defend the rights of sexual minorities in Angola.
Report has it that a total of 69 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct